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This show closed on August 6, 2017

About An Octoroon

Last year’s most talked-about, most unforgettable production is returning to Woolly for a limited three-week run: AN OCTOROON by new MacArthur "Genius Grant"-winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins!

A plantation on the brink of foreclosure. A young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate’s owner. An evil swindler plotting to buy her for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are trying to keep things drama-free, because everybody else is acting crazy.

AN OCTOROON, Jacobs-Jenkins’ Obie-winning riff on a 19th century melodrama that helped shape the debate around the abolition of slavery, is an incendiary adaptation. Part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, it’s a provocative challenge to the racial pigeonholing of 1859—and of today.

Run Time

2hr 30min (inc. intermission)

Start Date

End Date

Age

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

It is hip. It is funny. It is uncomfortable. It is emblematic of where we are right now in talking about race in America.
DC Metro Theater Arts

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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